Comments - Handsome kabuki scene from the dance drama "Utsubo Zaru," which takes place at Narutaki Hachiman Shrine. The female Lord Umeno encounters a monkey trainer, and asks him to sell her his monkey so that she can use the skin to make a quiver. When the trainer refuses, she threatens to kill the monkey, aiming an arrow at it. The trainer sadly agrees to part with his pet, and when he begins singing a farewell song to the animal, the monkey starts slowly dancing about. The woman is so moved by the performance that she spares the monkey's life. Here, she looks at the trainer with a sweet smile, an arrow in one hand and a bow in the other. At right, a yakko or footman frowns angrily as he looks up, one hand clutching the monkey's head as the animal reaches up with its paw. From left, the actors are Nakamura Shikan, Onoe Kikugoro, and Bando Hikosaburo. A terrific design with large colorful figures set against a deep blue night sky framed with blossoming cherry branches.
Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Image Size - 14" x 27 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Three separate panels, backed with paper. A couple tears, repaired. Slight soiling, a few spots, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details.
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